• State Department considers open source effort to track global conflicts: Up to and including war crimes in Ukraine. Take that, Putin!
  • New round of $50B CIO-SP4 protests underway: Failed bidders claim scoring threshold to advance to next round of procurement was arbitrary.
  • Small business participation in federal marketplace continues to decline: Despite $159B in awards.
  • In the meantime….check out the HubZone map, which is changing July 1. (also: SBA notice about it)
  • National cyberdefense strategy: What we can expect this time and what should be considered: New policy expected in the coming weeks.


Launch demand remains high, despite industry struggles.

Despite concerns about the viability of many new launch vehicle developers, many in the industry say those vehicles are needed as demand for launch outstrips supply. During a SmallSat Symposium panel, spacecraft developers and launch integrators said that, even with the predictions of “bloodletting” among small launch companies because of technical and financial challenges, new vehicles are needed to meet growing demand.  Read more

AWS touts Modular Data Center for DOD.

Through the $9B Joint Warfighting Capability Contract, Amazon Web Services has added Modular Data Center, a cloud offering available to military customers operating in austere, low-latency conditions, such as battlefields and areas in crisis, with the use of ruggedized containers designed to be shipped almost anywhere in the world. Read more

“Out of control!” DOD reviews use of super-secret SAP classification for space programs and more.

DOD is reviewing how the department uses tightly restricted Special Access Program (SAP) classification not just for space programs, but across the department.  Many have argued that over-classification, especially the use of SAPs, is harming the ability to convey the growing space threats from adversaries to lawmakers, the public and allied/partner nations, and hampered cooperation with industry and foreign partners to mitigate those threats. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • Navy teams with Qualcomm to research 5G, artificial intelligence.
  • Launches of private Chinese rockets could double in 2023.
  • Army opens Tradewind Solutions Marketplace for artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Why are so many flying objects being discovered right now? There’s a reason, and it has to do with radars and speed.

Defense Contract Awards

  • ManTech‘s Advanced Systems subsidiary snags potential $22.95M DHA IT support contract.
  • Armed Forces Services Corp, DBA as Magellan Federal, won a bridge extension worth $11M from DHA for Recovery Coordination Program services.
  • Collins Aerospace lands $708M IDIQ for AF propeller manufacturing, engineering.

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These pre-V Day romance scams are bound to break some hearts.

The FBI El Paso office is warning of romance scams this Valentine’s Day, and it wants to educate the public aboout them to protect your heart — and your wallet. “Romance scammers are liars and thieves, but they’re also master manipulators,” said the special agent in charge of the FBI El Paso Field Office. Read more

This man was the head of Mexico’s FBI — now he’s on trial for accepting cartel bribes.

Garcia Luna served as both the head of Mexico’s FBI and then in the president’s cabinet as secretary of Public Security — now, he stands accused of accepting millions of dollars at secret meetings with cartel bosses. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • More spying? An Iranian American was sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to illegally export US goods and technology to users in Iran, including the sanctioned Central Bank of Iran.
  • Day & Zimmerman has added for four CIA executives to its Strategic Advisory Board to help provide guidance on the company’s public sector work.
  • DARPA awarded Galois a $4.6M contract through Phase 3 of the Safety Documents program.
  • Innoplex names new VP of Intelligence.


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Top Senator says that not modernizing EHR is ‘not optional.’

Well, I guess that settles that. Amid the controversy swirling around the VA’s EHR rollout with Oracle Cerner, which has included House members calling the program’s funding into question, some have said that funding EHR is ‘not optional.’ But I remember learning in high school government class that the House holds the purse strings, so let’s see how this one plays out. Read more

Identity management, automation, common themes among four agencies move to zero trust.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, GSA, Technology Transformation Service, and the Army Software Factory have different paths toward the goal of zero trust, but the three organizations have common themes. Read more

What DOJ’s 2022 recovery stats reveal about FCA enforcement trends.

Earlier this month, the DOJ issued the False Claims Act (FCA) recovery statistics for fiscal 2022. While the $2.2B recovered by the Department and qui tam relators was down from the prior year, 2022 saw a record number of new FCA matters initiated. Read more

ICYMI Snippets

  • New GSA public benefits hub to test text notification.
  • Protest is ‘last resort’ to get GSA’s commercial platforms program to comply with the JWOD Act.
  • FDA Sources Sought: Enterprise Document and Record Management Platform (EDRMP)

Civilian Contracts Awards

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  • OMB hires Partnership for Public Service executive for leadership role.
  • DSFederal, a woman-owned contractor focused on health IT and data analytics, named a former Leidos executive as CEO.
  • Cubic promotes an executive to serve as VP, GM of Secure Communications.
  • SeKON names a new CTO, who has years of experience with Navy.

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Boecore acquires space scheduling provider Orbit Logic.

Colorado-based Boecore, an aerospace and defense contractor that is owned by private equity firm Enlightenment Capital, has acquired Orbit Logic, a provider of mission planning and scheduling software for satellite ground systems. Boecore focuses on systems engineering, cybersecurity, and software services. Read more

Tick Tock: How L3Harris won the race for Aerojet.

Count on us to help you with the “story behind the story.” New financial documents detail how Aerojet Rocketdyne’s second sale process essentially began with a boardroom split and ended with one last phone call to ensure it got the best price possible. Read more

End to End Enterprise Solutions targets AI/ML market with D2L Technologies purchase.

A service-disabled veteran-owned IT services company, End to End Enterprise Solutions has acquired D2K Technologies in a move to gain a share of the AI and ML market, ideally a “one stop shop” for customers to access advanced technology offerings such as autonomous and computer programming platforms. Read more


Is it time to supercharge data infrastructure spending?

Data are valuable resources that when made accessible to researchers and leaders can be used to arm cities to boost their digital intelligence and bring essential services online, or to democratize AI by ensuring communities can take control of their own data and how it is shared. On the flip side, data access had disparate impacts on communities at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, where access to quality data and computing resources was limited. Read more

The generative AI race has a dirty secret: energy.

Large tech companies like Google and Microsoft are spending big money on buying generative AI tools to (hopefully) give users a richer, more accurate experience. But the excitement over these new tools could be concealing a dirty secret. The race to build high-performance, AI-powered search engines is likely to require a dramatic rise in computing power, and with it a massive increase in the amount of energy that tech companies require and the amount of carbon they emit. Read more

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